This Middle School Gave Out ANOTHER Racist Superlative

Does your school hand out superlatives at the end of every year? If so, consider yourself lucky that you don’t go to Aguirre Junior High School.

Yesterday, the Houston-area junior high school made headlines when one of the teachers gave a student at the school, Lizeth Villanueva, a superlative for being “Most Likely To Become A Terrorist.” This was meant to be a joke, apparently, but most people found it to be majorly offensive. But today, it came to light that this wasn’t the only effed-up “joke” award given out by the school–Sydney Caesar, a black seventh grader at Aguirre, was reprtedly given the “Most Likely To Blend In With White People” award at the same ceremony.

It shouldn’t have to be said, but this, like the terrorist award, is absurdly racist and hurtful. Sydney told KIRV, a local news station, that the award made her feel “really embarrassed about what other people were going to say.” Sydney’s mom, Latonya Robinson, continued, saying, “For that child to either be called a terrorist or she’s not black enough, basically now the students are taking that and that’s her label for the rest of the school year.”

It’s such a bizarre scenario all around that it’s hard to think about why anyone, let alone someone whose literal career it is to educate and care for teens, would ever think it was a good idea. And, obviously, it’s a pretty discouraging situation–if your teachers aren’t behaving like mature adults, where does that leave the people they’re supposed to be teaching? But, if anything, you can take this as one more shred of proof that adults aren’t always in the right, and they certainly aren’t always more mature than you. So, if you ever find yourself in a situation in which you feel like the adults in your life aren’t exactly behaving the way they should be, speak up about it–or, better yet, get some local news channels involved. Chances are, you’ll be totally justified.

 

What are your thoughts on the superlative? What would you do if you received an “award” like this? Let us know in the comments!

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